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Home Activities to Bring A Little Sanity to Your Unplanned Days
 
This isolation has me thinking about society, humanity, and the way we live our everyday lives. We have slowly forfeited so many freedoms I took for granted, all in hopes of helping stop this virus. I live on Kauai, 2,200+ miles away from another landmass. In other words, I’m in a place that depends on shipments from the outside world. Lately, I’ve been wondering how many hands touch the shipped items–from food to every kind of consumer product–which I receive? Am I playing Russian roulette with the virus with each person who helped create and deliver my products? My fear and panic are a palpable reminder of the connectedness of us all, even those of us quarantined to a paradise in the middle of the Pacific. People are buying up everything and I find it difficult not to join the stampede. As someone who relies heavily on my spirituality and the generosity of the universe, I see myself caught in the anxiety of it all. Yet, I am unable to stop from running to the store to stock up on one more thing, just in case.
 
I make my home on five acres in a farming community on the north shore of Kauai. There’s a farm across the driveway from me, and about 20 more small farms within a two-mile radius. It would seem like the best place for food sovereignty, and if worse comes to worse, I feel it’s a good place to be. Still, I’m afraid. Right now, I’m considering ordering the most cliché of purchase, toilet paper. With three teens, no TP is not an option. My head is reeling, trying to find a new routine in a less social life. I am not worried about getting the coronavirus myself. I have a strong immune system. It’s the people I love who are at risk, and this thought can pull me over the edge.
 
We have a curfew on our island from 9pm to 5am, and as things have shut down, fear still whispers into my ear at times. Considering I work from home, it is actually not much different than my normal everyday life — remembering that helps me remain calm. I am a “do-er” during a crisis (I don’t just Netflix and chill), so I have compiled a list of things that help ground me and ward off my fears. If you’re under a shelter-in-place order or self-quarantining for the safety of yourself and others, I hope my list helps bring a little sanity to your unplanned days. We’re all in this together.
 
Make healthy food. Good food boosts the immune system. I can get extra imaginative because my fridge is full, and let’s face it, I have the time.
Take vitamins. No better time to power the cells for an immune system fight.
Get creative! Don’t feel pressured to monetize every moment, let the slower flow heal you and nurture your creativity. If it feels right, take some time to work on that book, build that website, or make that album you’re always wanting to do, if only you had the time. Mostly, enjoy the process and see where it takes you.
Use meditation or prayer practice. I believe our thoughts can raise the vibration of our planet. Meditating and praying can shift the collective energy of our world, bring us out of fear, and settle us into peace. Surrender to your higher self.
Breathe. Breathwork is everything. There is evidence our bodies can stop viruses through breathwork. Need convincing? Watch this VICE video with my homie, Wim Hof. No matter what, it will calm down your nervous system and make it easier to be around you.
Juice. Fresh veggie and fruit juice is plant power concentrated.
Start your day with warm water and lemon to alkalize your system. An alkaline body helps fight disease.
Go for a walk and connect with nature. Take it all in. Notice the simple beauty we overlook in our daily lives. If you’re stuck inside, find a window and seek out color, movement, and the subtle changes of light throughout the day.
Catch up on your sleep. The kids don’t have school and we’re off the daily grind. Enjoy waking up naturally and letting our bodies tell us when to rise.
Read + listen to books. I am listening to Untamed, an inspiring memoir, by Glennon Doyle. For educational value I am reading On Writing, by Stephen King. I want to be a writer and to invest in myself, for when normal life returns.
Create a daily self-love practice. Mine includes a nightly bath with music, salts, and essential oils. What routine gives you joy?
Dry Brush. Before I bathe, I dry brush. 30% of toxins are released through our skin. A ritual of dry brushing helps to open pores allowing for a better detox.
Drink water. Hydration helps every process in our bodies. Take this opportunity to track your regular habits and see how they measure up. 
Connect in new (and old) ways. As texting has replaced voice calls, it’s rare to pick up the phone and just talk. Call your single friends and family members and reclaim the art of conversation! They’ll appreciate the break from isolation.
Set an exercise challenge. I create goals to keep my body healthy. This week, I chose to take five online yoga classes. Find your favorite workout and just do it!
Start a journal. Write your plans, share your heart. Envision your dream future. Hope is so important right now. We need every intellect helping to envision good.  
Build a vision board. Get clear on what you want to create in this world. Take big swings, reach into the stars, then map it out with photos, type and drawings. The universe is demonstrating that any and everything is possible. Play along.
Remember social distance, not emotional distance. Reach out. Connect. Live.
The list could go on and on. Tailor yours to your likes and needs. That’s the point … to make a list of things that hold you accountable for creating some peace and calm in your life. Add a new routine that keeps you busy building your mind, body, immune system, and spirit. If you are in fear, and questioning everything, make sure you look at the polarity, because the opposite may be true. Times are uncertain, and ever-changing, but your thoughts and response to it are a choice. Having a ritual to take care of myself keeps me calm despite the storm. Build your own routine, then rinse and repeat.

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